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This will be brief, and probably contain misspellings. I am caring for an elderly woman who recently had extensive foot surgery for cancer. Although she can only hop on one foot, she now lacks the ability to follow directions and continues to hop around the house, risking another surgery should the foot touch the ground and the wound reopen. It's like keeping a toddler from taking ornaments off the Christmas tree.

There is a misunderstanding between those who support Israels' right to exist and those who are horrified at what is going on in Gaza. I want to state the situation from my view, in hopes that when people clearly understand what I am saying they will see that my desire for the fighting to end is not a desire to allow Hamas to destroy Israel. It is not support for those in Greece or France who are attacking Jews and their houses of worship.

Israel is conflating two things, they want to close tunnels into Israel, and while they are doing that they are bombing UN school sanctuaries and killing UN workers and people who are obviously non-combatant refugees.

I have no problem with them closing tunnels. They are lying when they say the ONLY reason for the tunnels is to kill Israeli citizens and soldiers. The tunnels are also used for smuggling food and medicine and fuel into Israel in defiance of the limitations imposed by Israel.

Even if Hamas uses Israeli construction supplies for building tunnels and bunkers, Israel is wrong to limit food, fuel and medicine to those in Gaza. These limitations are OFFICIAL POLICY, and have been in place at least since the last war in 2012. This is pure evil and not defensible. This punishes non-combatants. Even when the UN has offered to take responsibility for food and medicine, Israel has refused permission. This is not HAMAS, this is no threat to Israeli citizens or soldiers. To say this is because of Hamas is to say that you are willing to injure and kill people for electing the wrong government.

Israel is bombing refugee camps and killing both staff and refugees. They have the ability to tell where schools are, their excuse is that rockets were fired "near" the school. This is evil. If it's so fcking hard to tell the difference between what is inside a school and what is outside, station an Israeli observer within each school to let the bombers know whether the rocket is coming from the N, E, W or S.

Israel is destroying homes because 1 of 6 to 25 people in the house are connected to Hamas. This is evil, if they are inside the house you can certainly shoot them once they leave. Inside the house they are not a threat to anyone.

Israel's definition of Hamas is laughable. Cops who directed traffic may work for the Hamas government, but they are giving out parking tickets. They are no threat to Israel. This is every bit as stupid as the US government deciding that every male over 16 killed in a drone strike is an enemy combatant. That may work during a gun battle, but it doesn't apply to a wedding party or a funeral.

Israel continues to bomb hospitals, with the same rocket firing excuse. This is evil.

Israel bombed the main power plant, and is now working at eliminating the ability of people in Gaza to contact the outside world through cell phones and other electronic media. They know their actions are mobilizing the world against them.

If non-combatants are allowed a place to take refuge, if food and medicine and medical care in hospitals are provided, if power and communication is returned, I will listen to Israels' explanation of why they are at war with Hamas. Until then, I condemn them, in the strongest possible terms, as criminals, as sinners before God and man.

Please, stop supporting this monstrous, inhumane behavior. Draw a line between war and genocide. They are killing UN employees. Nothing that has ever happened to any Jew anywhere in the world at any time in history justifies the deliberate murder of UN refugee workers. Nothing.

I don't know if Israel can survive as a country without the support of the world community. At first I was very scared for Jews outside Israel, worried that they would be unfairly targeted based on Israeli conduct during this war. Their refusal to condemn this murder is putting them at risk, but at this point I can't care more about the safety of Jewish people outside Israel than they do.

Silence is consent. Please stop being silent. You are the only ones who can stop this war. Hamas is not children, not refugees sheltering in schools, not UN workers, not food, water, medicine, hospitals or electricity.

I will not be able to monitor comments. Anyone who discusses Hamas without acknowledging that Hamas is not schools, hospitals, refugees or UN workers is trolling for the purpose of this diary. Feel free to post about Hamas in your own diary. I'll read it, and consider what you say with an open mind.

Silence is consent. Speak out. Please.

 

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  •  Many Jews around the world are speaking out (5+ / 0-)

    This one such organization.

    http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

    And even more are remaining silent even though they are opposed.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:49:55 AM PDT

  •  Ahem. (3+ / 0-)
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    DFWmom, polecat, churchylafemme

    "Their refusal to condemn this murder is putting them at risk," -- you

    Don't assume because you don't see it in the corporate media, it isn't happening.

    "We oppose Israel’s latest offensive on the Gaza Strip, labeled Operation “Protective Edge.” As of July 18th, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights released figures that estimated more than 80 per cent of the 260 Palestinian victims to have been killed so far were civilians. They also reported that a further 1,920 Palestinians had been wounded as a result of the conflict that began on July 8th." -- Jewish Voice for Peace, San Diego, found at http://obrag.org/...

  •  OT: Fixed the tags for you (2+ / 0-)
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    polecat, jan4insight

    Commas were left out, so instead of "Hamas", "Gaza" and "Israel", you had "Hamas Gaza Israel" as a single tag.

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:57:10 AM PDT

  •  First of all (4+ / 0-)
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    TLS66, JNEREBEL, Dr Swig Mcjigger, Mannie

    Kudos for the care that you are offering, you must be very busy.  I will presume that you are too busy to provide links for your accusations, several of which are entirely false.

    The tunnels that lead into Israel are not for smuggling, they are entirely military (terrorism). You must have them confused with those that ran into Egypt.

    Israel does not block fuel or medicine. Gaza has access to all the fuel they wish to purchase, and all the medicine they need. Shortages arise from arguments (with the PA) over who gets to tax the fuel, and the mismanagement and theft of medical supplies by various Palestinian health authorities.

    Israel is however a convenient scapegoat for the various PA/Hamas screw-ups.

    •  Which came first? (0+ / 0-)

      Israel or Hamas?

      Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters. -- President Grover Cleveland, 1888

      by edg on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 12:30:17 PM PDT

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    •  I have no argument with destroying tunnels into... (0+ / 0-)

      I have no argument with destroying tunnels into Israel. They they are not the only tunnels out of Gaza,and not all smuggling is war related.

      The U.N. has formally complained about shortages, and offered to control supplies to keep them away from Hamas. They were refused.

      Also, not allowing Gaza to export reduces income to purchase supplies.

      The U N is offering to help instead of relying on poor government.

  •  Israel just blew up a market* in Gaza ~ (0+ / 0-)

    Iirc, the bombing of a market in Srebinica (sp) during the Yugo war was one of the turning points in public opinion that brought about demand to end the violence. If there's to be any small good coming out of these senseless deaths, may it hasten the end of this madness.

    *Yeah I know the article says the market was outside Israel's self-declared "humanitarian" area. As if that makes it okay (it doesn't). But note that AJE's own reporter said Israel never ceased attacks during the so-called pause, which is why AJE put the quotes in its headline.

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    by jan4insight on Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 12:40:50 PM PDT

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